Who are we?
Michellene is the founding member of Lotus & Lettuce; we have been in business since 2013. Michellene is YTT 200 certified in addition to her certification as a Personal Fitness Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist. Her yoga teaching training was obtained in Indonesia with Blissologist Guru Eoin Finn. The company was founded on the philosophy of health for happiness with the belief that the greatest investment we ever make in life is into ourselves.
Shawn has been devoted to yoga since his first experiences on the mat in 2011. He initially came to yoga as a way to prolong playing soccer and rugby, but soon found solace and inspiration in a dedicated daily practice.
Shawn received his 200 hour yoga teacher certification with Lisa Babiuk at Soul Mind Body Fitness in Edmonton. Lisa’s strong focus on anatomy and a therapeutic style of yoga resonated deeply with Shawn and it both structures his class style and the way her informs his students. He is committed to continuing education, having attended numerous workshops and retreats since beginning his practice.
Shawn is comfortable teaching Hatha, Flow and Restorative classes; and it is his intention to share the many ways yoga can improve your life once you take your practice off of the mat and into your daily life.
Mandy has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and over that time, her practice and beliefs have transitioned from a fitness and strength based Yoga practice, into a stretching and Yin based practice. Every class that Mandy teaches has an underlying theme of balance. Balancing the body, the mind, and the heart. Whether you take her class in the studio, or on a SUP board, you can expect to be challenged and awakened through fluid sequencing, articulate asana, and enlivening pranayama practice. She provides the opportunity for her learners to safely find proper alignment regardless of their level of flexibility or experience. Her ability to encourage her students while keeping a smile on their faces is one of Mandy’s best skills as a Yoga teacher.
Yoga found it’s way to me in 2012 when I was in desperate need of something to call my own. A place where I could allow my body and mind to JUST BE. I found that in Moksha Yoga Saskatoon. After one hot session, followed by 29 more I was hooked! Yoga has been in and out of my life like a passionate love affair. It’s something I’ve taken with me to various jobs, locations and down many different life paths.
In 2016 I was yearning for something more, an escape, a retreat. I signed up for my 200hr YTT through Akasha Yoga Academy in Bali. It was so much more than learning how to teach physical asana, it was a deep dive into myself, a mirror being held up to my soul and I’d never felt more like myself than I did there in those 5 weeks. It was here that I realized I can, will and need to teach yoga to others.
After returning to Canada and regular life, I deepened my practice through Empowered Yoga’s Yoga for Athletes training in Edmonton. I then quit my oilfield job and decided to pursue yoga full time. This entrepreneur life has had it’s ups and downs but each day I wake up and get to share the practice of yoga and connect with like minded individuals. I’m so grateful to be doing what I’m doing.
Tessa is certified yoga facilitator with training in Hatha and Kundalini yoga (RYT 550, KRI 250), with a background in dance and movement. Tess considers yoga to be a long, beautiful journey of learning how to listen, to listen to the quiet, often ignored messages from the body and then to drop deeper and listen to the tender and true voice inside. Tessa currently works with Young Agrarians and has made a living for most of her adult life as an organic farmer and farm educator, and will continue to do that probably forever.
Janine has had a deep passion for yoga since attending her first class in 2008. She felt an immediate bond with it both physically and mentally which ultimately lead her to complete her 200YTT with Tina Grant at Fit Flow yoga in Vancouver in the summer of 2011. Most recently Janine has taken training in both reflexology and hot stone massage which she has now incorporated into some of her classes.
Her intention is for you to leave her classes feeling grounded, restored and content.
My yoga practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and connect with inner awareness, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully and I am so grateful to share my teachings with others.
I completed my 200 hour Vinyasa Flow training with Vernon Yoga and in September completed my Yin certification with Bernie Clark at Semperviva. I myself will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers share with me on this journey. In my classes, I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga and my hope is that when you step off your mat you will feel refreshed, nourished and balanced. I look forward to sharing sacred space with you~Namaste